Ferrari adds two new topless models to its lineup



Ferrari will have two new topless models join its lineup in Singapore next year, with the unveiling of the F8 Spider and 812 GTS

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MARANELLO, ITALY

Ferrari has pulled the wraps off two all-new convertibles, with both the F8 Spider and 812 GTS being presented to the world ahead of the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The F8 Spider is the drop-top version of the F8 Tributo that debuted earlier this year, and replaces the 488 Spider in Ferrari’s lineup. As such, it uses the same 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 as the Tributo, which produces 720hp and 770Nm of torque. The car is also some 50kg lighter than its predecessor, and is thus able to go from 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds.

The roof mechanism is a retractable hard top that flips backwards 180 degrees, in a similar fashion to the Ferrari Superamerica from the mid-2000s. The roof can be deployed or retracted in 14 seconds, and can be operated at speeds of up to 45km/h.

The second convertible that the Prancing Horse unveiled was the 812 GTS, which is a rarity for the brand as it comes in the form of a front-engined V12 roadster, of which the likes have only been produced in limited numbers from Maranello in recent times.

The 812 GTS is thus Ferrari’s first series-production front-engined V12 convertible in 50 years, since the iconic Daytona Spider of 1969.

The 812 GTS is based on the 812 Superfast, and therefore boasts similar design cues, with its long front bonnet and muscular aggressive creases everywhere. Power comes from a 6.5-litre V12 with an impressive 800hp and 718Nm of torque, good for a 0-100km/h time of 3 seconds flat.

Like the F8 Spider, the 812 GTS also uses a fancy folding hardtop roof, which can retract in 14 seconds as well, and is also operable at speeds of up to 45km/h. It also boasts the same clever gizmos found in the 812 Superfast, including the Side-Slip Angle Control and the electric variable power steering, for maximum driving fun.

Both the F8 Spider and the 812 GTS are expected to go on sale in Singapore in the first half of 2020. While pricing details have not been firmed up yet, the F8 Spider is expected to cost a slight premium over the hardtop F8 Tributo, which is expected to be officially launched here later this month.

The 812 GTS meanwhile will also cost slightly more that the 812 Superfast than it is based on, which currently retails for $1,420,000 without COE.


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